February 22, 2019
Ruby Bridges, the first African American to attend an all-white school in Louisiana, told President Obama, “We all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.”
August 3, 2018
“Where can I be safe?” A 12-year old asks at the August 1 launch of “Losing Earth,” The New York Times Magazine cover story on the consequences of climate change.
July 18, 2018
Today marks the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. On a trip to Oslo I visited the Nobel Peace Center, a museum that celebrates the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, among them Mandela, the...
May 29, 2018
Jon and I have been part of a book club since Ted and Anne Gleason, who are no longer with us, started the group—they called us the Oracles. Each year we pick a theme—at the end of the season we...
May 3, 2018
“John Stoner was lynched in Doss, Louisiana, in 1909 for suing the white man who killed his cow.”
“William Donegal was lynched in Springfield, Illinois, in 1908 for having a white wife.”
March 8, 2018
This morning, on International Women's Day, I am thinking of the several remarkable women about whom I have written: Lucretia Mott, Anne Frank, Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, and...
January 20, 2018
Jon’s mother died on Tuesday. She was a pioneer for social justice, an anti-war activist, and a gardener, botanist and herbalist (she could wax eloquent any day about a humming bird or praying mantis...
December 5, 2017
This is a blog about Anne Frank, but it starts with human rights advocate and Bard College professor Helen Epstein.
November 15, 2017
“The Children’s War: Rescued from conflict, boy soldiers in South Sudan weigh a return to the fight.”
March 30, 2017
March being "Women's History Month," I was asked to read from "Lucretia Mott: Friend of Justice" at McKinley Elementary School. My audience? A kindergarten class. I was nervous.